Senate Minority Leader Richard Young (D-Milltown), has become the first candidate to declare for the 2008 governor’s race.
Other potential Democratic candidates for governor are thought to include state Sen. Vi Simpson (D-Ellettsville), Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott, Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard, Evansville Mayor Jonathon Weinzapfel, former House speaker John Gregg, and former Lt. Gov. Kathy Davis.
While Gov. Mitch Daniels has not announced whether he will seek reelection, Mike McDaniel, a former state Republican chairman believes that he will.
I don’t see it myself. Daniels has spent his time in office alienating everyone he possibly could, from the citizens who elected him in the first place, to powerful members of his own party. While he is innovative, his autocratic style and insular governing practices–including the mass outsourcing of government by fiat–has infuriated many. But not high-level corporate executives, who love the money that he has thrown their way.
I predict that Mitch will not run again, but will instead seek a high-paying job in the private sector. Not only will he be welcomed with open arms by these companies, but his family life will benefit, too–his wife, Cheri, is a social climber who despises public service.